"Yeah, baby!" (To be delivered in hacky, god-awful British accent, accompanied by two thumbs up.)
In Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Mike Myers' portrayal of a hyper-sexualized British secret agent catapulted him into superstardom among teen-aged males. These now grown up men will often use Myers' catchphrase, "Yeah baby!" to express enthusiasm and imply that they too can put the "grrrr in swinger." In related news, Hell has recently announced the addition of an eighth circle, intended for anyone who has ever quoted Austin Powers in conversation, regardless of whether they were being ironic.
"I don't know how to put this, but I'm kind of a big deal."
In Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Will Ferrell offers this line to Christina Applegate in an attempt to impress and pick up on her. This reference may similarly be used to initiate conversation with a strange woman. Used correctly, it efficiently communicates a sentiment of, "Hi. I'd like to talk to you, but we don't know each other, so finding a mutually interesting conversation topic is difficult. Being self-aware, I'm acknowledging this awkwardness and would like to make light of it using an intentionally unsuccessful pickup line we're both familiar with. Hopefully you will understand my intention and mere hours from now I'll be balls-deep in your lady flower." However, if you use the line incorrectly or on a woman who hasn't seen the movie, you end up looking like an asshole. But if you're using this line at all, you probably are an asshole, and it' better she find out now.
"I don't want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don't want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed. You know, as a career, I don't want to do that."
Anyone with two functional X chromosomes hopes that John Cusack will one day stand outside their house on the roof of his car, holding aloft a boom box playing Peter Gabriel' "In Your Eyes" like he did at the end of Say Anything. It' a scientific fact as unshakable as their love of ponies.
If you're out at a bar and a girl asks you what you want to do for a career, replying with this quote lets her know that not only have you seen Say Anything (read: sensitive), but that you paid close enough attention to memorize one of its most complicated lines (read: smart). It also implies that you have no idea what you want to do with you life and that she should probably go back to talking to the guy in the suit who works for Merrill Lynch.
"I can't quit you." (To be grunted in a Southern Accent through clenched jaw)
From this year' Brokeback Mountain, "I can't quit you" (ICQU in IM speak) is the latest movie quote to enter the funny guy from the idiotic frat lexicon. For maximum comic effect, this quote should be utilized during situations that could be construed as homoerotic were they not so goddamned manly. A hug after a football touchdown for instance, or while your buddy' crotch is in your face during a keg stand. The quote should be avoided during authentically gay activities like that OC viewing party you guys don't tell anyone about, or while laying around on cold mornings talking about how your parents could never understand how safe you feel in each other's arms.
Also, no matter how manly the situation, make sure to always say it loud enough for your other friends to hear. Even if you just juked four defenders to score a game winning touchdown, whispering anything into your buddy' ear has an off-putting, "our little secret" vibe to it.
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